This morning I read this post on another blog, and the funny thing was, I hadn’t seen the Facebook page to which it alluded, but I knew which one it was. I knew, because of late that Facebook administrator has been scolding, chastising and shaming her own readers. ( As is her custom, the post was deleted, or anyway, I can’t find it, but see below for the screen shot and the specific discussion).
This admin is pretty good at shaming. She’s shamed PBS for poor promotion. She’s shamed Digital Theatre for ” not keeping a promise” to post some big news ( even though she misread their tweet) and she’s tried to shame me plenty of times, the most recent time was last night when I asked a simple, non-threatening question and she tried to make me look the fool for asking it.
She put a “moratorium” on discussions about The Crucible because some of her readers were apparently not smart enough to know the difference between a download, streaming and the possibility of getting a DVD of The Crucible.
Y’know, sometimes a FB Admin just has to step away. So I’m calling a moratorium on Crucible posts on this page. I’ve tried to provide accurate, updated information whenever possible. But because it’s not what people want to hear, no one is ever satisfied. So fine. Look to other pages for the same information and be dissatisfied there. I’ve reached the breaking point.
When it becomes available via download I may post that. But maybe not. Who knows? We’ll probably still hear the wailing and weeping over no screenings here in the States and no distribution via DVD.
And, THIS, a production easily 95% of us never thought we’d ever see, but thanks to technology, we will. But it’s still not good enough and – for many – if it’s not on DVD, it will never be good enough. So that’s it for The Crucible on [this page]. Peace out, as they say.
(For the record, I was one of the alleged 5% that did believe we would see it – recall #VideotheCrucible)
Her position changed when she “let slip” quite intentionally on Twitter that she was actually watching the download of The Crucible via what I’m going to guess, and it’s just a guess, was a dodgy use of the educational download. I feel, and it’s only my opinion, that while she could have been quiet about it, she just had to let you know she’d gotten it. I’ve yet to see a review or even more than a passing comment to celebrity tweets about its content and worth.
[ETA] Looks like the Facebook post about having people in her living room to watch it has been deleted, but here are the tweets:
This administrator also shut down discussions about Richard Armitage’s choice to take a role in Hannibal because OMG – her readers were actually trying to discuss the series and some were engaging in gentle persuasion ( as so many have been on twitter, sharing their experiences and reactions to it). And after all, this administrator is dead against speculating on Armitage’s career decisions. ( Well, except the ones where he chooses his agents – a post since deleted).
Sorry for her grammatical errors, but they’re hers, not mine.
A WORD FROM THE PAGE ADMIN: RA’s choice to play Francis Dolarhyde in the Brian Fuller TV series “Hannibal” seems to have caused a divide on the page.
I’d like that to stop. Some people enjoy this genre. Others do not. Please do not pester those *who do not* with reasons yo [ sic] watch (it’s not “horror,” and other observations) or try to get them to them justify why they don’t care for graphic and grim stories, often told with wit and black humor. If they decide to sample the series on their own, that is their choice.
Be KIND. Agree to disagree.
As many of you have said in this sometimes contentious debate: this is HIS career, and HIS choice. We all know and – what’s more – we respect that. AND a person’s decision to watch is THEIR [sic] choice and THEIR [sic] life. So please respect that as well.
This is RA’s decision, and an excellent professional one, from my POV, whether I like/watch the series or not.
He will have a high-profile role in a a network – not pay-cable – American TV series. and will be working with a a phenomenal cast AND Bryan Fuller. In the Thomas Harris book (Red Dragon) that features Francis. and first film (Manhunter), the character – albeit ultimately a monster – has a vulnerable, gentle side. This is right up RA’s alley, showing the humanity of this horrible creature. And the Bryan Fuller connection is invaluable.
So this is his next role, and it doesn’t premiere until this summer, and RA’s arc doesn’t even begin until Episode 8.
In the meantime, let’s all just take a breath and see what happens, okay?
Here are the photos:
Aside from the fact that I disagree with at least two of the four themes she thinks the play is about, I have this question. How is this photo ( below) which appears on her same Facebook page early on in the The Crucible run, any different from the photos above? Is it more or less disrespectful than the four photos to which she objects and banned from her page?
What about this one? Isn’t this photo, which was provided by The Old Vic, and which appears on the Facebook page, also more than just a titillating shot? Doesn’t it, too, have something important, in context, to say about the play?
And what about this one – not from The Crucible. “Crikey,” she’s getting ready to arouse his foreskinned penis!
Look, I understand that a Facebook Administrator, just like a blogger, can make her rules about the content she wants on her page. And I know that this is a popular page, though I’m not sure why it’s any more popular than other Richard Armitage fan pages, except it’s promoted like the dickens. In fact, most of the posts on this page are also posted by talented people who share those very posts with other pages. There is little to no original content, thought or discussion on this page. News comes late, mistakes are made, – but okay – people like it. Hypocrisy, deletions, scoldings and all.
But I have to wonder why readers choose a page that stifles discussion and I have to wonder why, in this particular case, The Crucible photos, have been blocked? Those who followed live tweets when The Crucible first opened will recall that fan after fan commented on the shirtless Armitage washing up scene. Those who read any or all of the probably 100 blog reviews and fan experiences ( almost all of which are on this Facebook page thanks to the wonderful Fernanda Matias), will have read descriptions of that scene – from the titillating to the analytical – descriptions of which angle they viewed the scene from, or multiple angles if they were lucky enough.
You know, one theme of The Crucible, as I have always understood it, ( “mob-thought?”) is fear of unbridled, sometimes irrational, authority, which fear causes good people to be silenced. John Hathorne lives – he lives on a Facebook page.
And by the way, for your eyes only, m’dear, Arthur Miller lived in my home town.